Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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Brooklin, Maine, United States
We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1960 Chevrolet El Camino

AL has posted several of these sleek machines, including this cat's eye '59 in Reno. And this favorite which we bought for $3. Here's a '60 mislabeled as a '61 getting the beauty treatment. And how about this clean machine in Colorado Springs?  The black unit here is for sale at Goldenrod Garage in Freeport, Maine.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Monday, September 28, 2020

1953 GMC 3100 Advanced Design


Those Advanced Design trucks still look pretty, 70 years down the road. This unit is restored to factory original, and on the block today at Hemmings. Try Advanced Design in our search widget and you'll find a bunch we have posted including this grainer from--where else--Saskatchewan.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

1971 Plymouth Fury I Sleeper

You know we like plainjanes, and they don't get any plainer than this Fury I sedan, which started life as a Sonoma County Sheriff's car. It's on the block at Hemmings with what appears to be the original 400 c.i. engine hiding under that very wide hood. And what better shade for a sleeper than Battleship Grey?

Saturday, September 26, 2020

1963 Pontiac Catalina Safari

One of the great years for Pontiacs. AL has posted a bunch more 63's, like this (Canadian) Parisienne in Banff and this Bonneville with a four-speed in Maine. And another in Maine.

See above. Some cars just smile.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

GMC 2500 HD Brooklin Boatyard

And if you dove off the BBY float you could swim out to this Luders L-24, a fast racing sloop from 1940s. Yes, that's leopardskin. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

1970 Dodge Challenger

That's an eductated guess, not a positive. Henry Behrens caught the car idling along the Maine Turnpike.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Don Greene Culbertson saw the car in Marfa, Texas. AL caught one in the Netherlands a while back. And this one on Spring Street, Soho.


Monday, September 21, 2020

electrifying the F-150

from CNBC...
DETROIT – Ford Motor plans to differentiate its upcoming all-electric F-150 from expected pickups by Tesla and General Motors by building it for heavy-duty hauling and towing rather than recreation.

“While all other electric pickups are competing for lifestyle customers, the all-electric F-150 is designed and engineered for hard working customers that need a truck to do a job,” Kumar Galhotra, president of the Americas and international markets at Ford, said Wednesday during a media briefing.

Galhotra said it was important to Ford to retain the F-150′s reputation as a work truck when it rolls out its electric version in about two years. The F-150 and its larger siblings, collectively known as Ford’s F-Series, have been America’s bestselling pickups for 43 years and the nation’s top-selling vehicle for 38 years.

“We have a very substantial amount of brand equity in the ‘Built Ford Tough’ F-150 both in terms of design language, capability and the name itself,” he said....

Sunday, September 20, 2020

le Pontiac Strato Chief, hostie.


Thanks to Aidan O'Neill for the photo. Montreal-Est (probably East on one door, Est on another) is a separate municipality on the Island of Montreal. Not to be confused with the East End, which is part of the city of Montreal. The oil refineries are out there in Montreal-Est. The Canadian Pontiacs of that era were Parisienne, Laurentian, and Strato Chief. They were all Chevrolets under the sheet metal. So not Wide-Tracks, like the US Pontiacs. The wheels and tires look skinny and inboard on the big wide Canadian '59. Somehow my father got ahold of an American car, a 1959 Catalina, which has always been an iconic set of wheels for me. I think we had the only one in Montreal. Here's a  '59 Laurentian wagon.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Lamborghini 2R Tractor

There are a lot of upscale farms in our part of Maine these days, selling well-brought-up greens to the carriage trade. Who wouldn't want a Lamborghini tractor? More useful than many Lambos, I reckon. It's on the block at BaT. We caught an--admittedly faster--Lamborghini Gallardo in Paris a while back. And another in Toronto.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Q-Class sailboat

 That's a Q class boat, "Hope", a John Alden design built 1929 at Hodgdon Bros., East Boothbay. Looking for an overhaul at the Brooklin Boatyard.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

#vanlife in Maine VW Bus and Sprinter

We've seen many a Sprinter this year. I guess people are hitting the road instead of the airport. This unit was stationed in front of the Friend Memorial Library in Brooklin ME, bingeing on the wifi.
Here's another Sprinter we spotted in Cambridge. And another Sprinter, same neighborhood. Plus this supersized edition. Then--below-- there's the more traditional #vanlife unit, a Seventies VW Bus in a gorgeous Floridian turquoise, spotted in Blue Hill.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

1969 Chevrolet Nova

Henry Behrens spotted the Nova in Freeport. Me. AL has posted several of these cars, which were marketed mostly as plainjanes but have great bones. The Nova has aged well. It morphed from the early-Sixties Chevy II. And  here's  a Supernova we saw in Blue Hill, Maine a while back. A Chevy II survivor in Banff. And this wagon in Santa Barbara.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

1948 Oldmobile

Those turtlebacks of the '40s were soon to be extinct. The car's at Twisted Iron in Edgecomb, Maine.